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Symphony of Sorrowful Songs at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown on Friday

<p>Symphony No 3. Symphony of Sorrowful Songs on Friday, April 19 at 7:00 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street, Newtown.</p><p>Please join us for an evening of Music for the Soul &amp; Food for the Little Pantry!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Orchestra Nexus invites you to a free concert, a one-night-only musical sojourn for the soul with Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 featuring celebrated soprano Diana McVey.</p><p>Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3 sets poems in Polish about the intense relationship between a mother and a child in times of loss.&nbsp;Symphony No. 3, subtitled Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, is cast in three substantial slow movements, each with a different, but thematically linked, Polish text. The first movement utilizes a 15th-century monastic lament, the second sets a Marian plea written on the cell of a young prisoner of the Gestapo, and the third employs a folk song which is another lament of a mother for her dead son. Górecki’s Third Symphony is a meaningful instance of contemporary orchestral music that attains true victory.&nbsp;The work achieved unexpected success, surpassing one million copies sold and establishing a precedent for the genre recognized as “holy minimalism.” The piece's second movement in question has been utilized in various marketing campaigns,&nbsp;television advertisements, and cinematic productions. It has been featured on the newly debuted Classic FM radio station. Peter Gelb, now the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, said in a recent interview, “The Górecki was a phenomenon.” In the Mid-1990s, Mr. Gelb was president of Sony Classical at the time.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Maestro Eric Dale Knapp and Orchestra Nexus will be joined by the elegant soprano Diana McVey who has captured the hearts of American audiences with her interpretation of Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. The piece will be performed in Polish as intended by the composer. This modern-day symphony has inspired performers and audiences with alluring passion and spiritual dignity.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>** This is a FREE CONCERT and open to the public with a $25 per person suggested charitable donation at the door in support of the Little Pantry at Trinity Church.</p><p><br></p>

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15th Newtown Earth Day Festival on April 27 - Community Fun for All!

<p>Join us Saturday, April 27th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, for the 15th Newtown Earth Day Festival. Held annually, our festival provides a forum for local committees, organizations, and businesses to socialize their efforts, whether they be eco-initiatives like the Lions Club’s Lose The Litter cleanup, Newtown’s Recycling Center, or products to save you money while staying green.</p><p>New this year will be a hybrid/electric car showcase from 11:00am – 2:00pm. </p><p>Local dealers and enthusiasts will be displaying their rides, and answering questions about tax breaks, fuel savings, and reduced maintenance costs. And let’s not forget about the inner-warmth that comes from the environmental benefits of a reduced carbon footprint.</p><p>It’s not all business though! Live music is provided throughout the day on the Earth Day stage, great food is available from the Newtown High School’s Fair Food Project and the Colossal Kielbasa Homestyle Grille food truck. Additionally we’ll have the Sharon Audubon’s Animal Menagerie program to entertain kids of all ages.</p><p>Kicking off the weekend, Newtown Earth Day and Bridgeport’s WPKN will be screening Regenerating Life, a movie about how to cool the planet, feed the world, and live happily ever after. Following the movie, director John Feldman will host a Q&amp;A session.</p><p>The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 25th, at 7:00pm in the Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-screening-of-the-documentary-film-regenerating-life-tickets-871259890787?utm-campaign=social&amp;utm-content=attendeeshare&amp;utm-medium=discovery&amp;utm-term=listing&amp;utm-source=cp&amp;aff=ebdsshcopyurl" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent;">Tickets are $10 for adults and $5.00 for students</a>.</p><p>Have a great April, jump in some puddles, enjoy some sun, and we’ll see you later this month.</p>

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Newtown Summer Concert Series: View the 2024 Lineup!

<p><strong style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">THURSDAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES</strong></p><p><em>Sponsored by Newtown Parks and Recreation &amp; Claris Construction</em></p><p>The following is the summer line-up for family concerts:</p><p><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Thursdays, 6:30-8pm</span></p><ul><li>June 27: Marc Berger &amp; RIDE</li><li>July 11: Keltic Kick</li><li>July 18: Kathy Thompson Band</li><li>July 25: Frandango</li><li>August 1: Survivors Swing Band</li><li>August 8: Sounds of Sinatra Music</li><li>August 15: Rain Date</li></ul><p><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">LOCATION:</span> Dickinson Memorial Park Bandshell</p><p>50 Elm Drive and Brushy Hill Road</p><p>For more information, call Newtown Parks and Recreation: 203-270-4340</p><p><strong style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">TUESDAY TUNES</strong></p><p><em>Sponsored by the Friends of the Library</em></p><p>The following is the summer line-up for kids’ concerts:</p><p><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Tuesdays, 2-3pm</span></p><ul><li>July 9: Steve Elci and Friends</li><li>July 16: Rolie Polie Guacamole</li><li>July 23: Al DeCant</li><li>July 30: Benanna Band</li><li>August 6: Judy Pancoast</li></ul><p><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">LOCATION:</span> Dickinson Memorial Park Bandshell</p><p>50 Elm Drive and Brushy Hill Road</p><p>For more information, call the C.H. Booth Library: 203-426-4533</p><p>Learn more <a href="https://www.newtown-ct.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif12216/f/uploads/summer_2024.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.newtown-ct.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif12216/f/uploads/summer_2024.pdf</a></p>

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Strutt Your Mutt in Newtown on Saturday, May 18

<h2>The 13th Annual Strutt Your Mutt Event is on Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 am, Fairfield Hills.</h2><p>We hope that you and your canine companion will join us at this fun-filled event!&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;If you are interested in being a vendor or sponsor, please call us at 203-270-4340.</p><p>Register <a href="https://ctnewtownweb.myvscloud.com/webtrac/web/splash.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a></p>

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WCSU to host Senior Portfolio Exhibition

<p>DANBURY, Connecticut — The Senior Portfolio Exhibition, featuring works by 24 <a href="http://www.wcsu.edu/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Western Connecticut State University</a> undergraduate art majors who are candidates this year for the Bachelor of Arts degree, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on <strong>Thursday,</strong> <strong>April 18, </strong>in the <a href="https://www.wcsu.edu/art/gallery/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Gallery</a> at the <a href="http://www.wcsu.edu/svpa/svpa-center.asp" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Visual and Performing Arts Center</a> on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.</p><p>Viewing of the exhibition will be offered at the gallery from <strong>Friday, April 19, through Sunday, May 5. </strong>Gallery hours will be from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited. An RSVP is requested at <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/o/visual-amp-performing-arts-center-at-wcsu-6275173871" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com</a>.</p><p>The WCSU <a href="http://www.wcsu.edu/art/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Department of Art</a> presents the Senior Portfolio Exhibition each spring as a capstone experience for students pursuing the B.A. in Art in one of four areas of concentration: graphic design, illustration, photography and studio arts (painting). This year’s exhibition will feature six art majors with a concentration in graphic design, 11 in illustration, six in photography, and one in studio arts. The following 2024 B.A. in Art candidates will show selected works:</p><p><strong>Graphic Design</strong>: Ashley Faraco and Genesis Gonzalez, of Norwalk; Simran Lamba, of Stamford; Denise Sweeney and Jack Teplica, of New Milford; and Riley Weaver, of Danbury</p><p><strong>Illustration</strong>: Cailey Brochero Sarrazola, of Vernon; Celine Demers and Reagan Sorenson, of New Milford; Maren Dion, of Brookfield; Georgianna Eckley and Daniel Lippman, of Hopewell Junction, New York; Olivia Escalera and Nyla Sok, of Danbury; Gavin Golisano, of Stormville, New York; Owen Hernandez, of Watertown; and Jadon Richardson, of Ansonia</p><p><strong>Photography</strong>: Barry Andrew Collins, of Morris; Marnie De La Rosa, of Southington; Melanie Liptak, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey; Krysty McDonnell, of Carmel, New York; Alison Rotty, of Brookfield; and Colin Smith, of Purdys, New York</p><p><strong>Studio Art:</strong> Nyla Sok, of Danbury</p><p>For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or WCSU Communications and Marketing at <a href="mailto:pr@wcsu.edu" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">pr@wcsu.edu</a>.&nbsp;</p>

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Victory Parade and Rally Honoring UConn Men's Basketball on Saturday

<p><a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail19.com/t/j-l-suhhhkt-tlluktttuu-k/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(10, 10, 10);"><strong>Governor Lamont Announces Victory Parade and Rally Honoring UConn Men's Basketball Scheduled for This Saturday in Hartford</strong></a></p><p>Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut, the City of Hartford, and the Hartford Business Improvement District will host a victory parade and rally in downtown Hartford on Saturday, April 13, 2024, to congratulate the UConn men’s basketball team for winning the 2024 NCAA National Championship.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">UConn won its sixth men’s basketball national title last night after a 75-60 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will step off at the State Capitol building at the intersection of Trinity Street and Elm Street. From there, it will proceed north on Trinity Street, go through the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, turn right (east) onto Jewell Street, turn left (north) onto Trumbull Street, and end at the intersection of Asylum Street and Trumbull Street.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The rally will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. and will be held outside of the main entrance of the XL Center on Trumbull Street, where the players, coaches, and other guests will be invited to give speeches.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">“For the second year in a row, the UConn men’s basketball team wowed the nation by dominating the NCAA tournament, and now it’s time for Connecticut to give them the victory celebration they deserve,”&nbsp;<strong>Governor Lamont said</strong>. “I urge basketball fans from all over Connecticut to come to Hartford on Saturday morning and show the Huskies how much this team means to our state and how proud we are of their accomplishments.”</p>

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Newtown Earth Day & Film Festival on April 27

<p>Join us Saturday, April 27th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, for the 15th Newtown Earth Day Festival. Held annually, our festival provides a forum for local committees, organizations, and businesses to socialize their efforts, whether they be eco-initiatives like the Lions Club’s Lose The Litter cleanup, Newtown’s Recycling Center, or products to save you money while staying green.</p><p>New this year will be a hybrid/electric car showcase from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Local dealers and enthusiasts will be displaying their rides, and answering questions about tax breaks, fuel savings, and reduced maintenance costs. And let’s not forget about the inner-warmth that comes from the environmental benefits of a reduced carbon footprint.</p><p>It’s not all business though! Live music is provided throughout the day on the Earth Day stage, great food is available from the Newtown High School’s Fair Food Project and the Colossal Kielbasa Homestyle Grille food truck. Additionally we’ll have the Sharon Audubon’s Animal Menagerie program to entertain kids of all ages.</p><p>Kicking off the weekend, Newtown Earth Day and Bridgeport’s WPKN will be screening Regenerating Life, a movie about how to cool the planet, feed the world, and live happily ever after. Following the movie, director John Feldman will host a Q&amp;A session.</p><p>The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 25th, at 7:00pm in the Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-screening-of-the-documentary-film-regenerating-life-tickets-871259890787?utm-campaign=social&amp;utm-content=attendeeshare&amp;utm-medium=discovery&amp;utm-term=listing&amp;utm-source=cp&amp;aff=ebdsshcopyurl" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent;">Tickets are $10 for adults and $5.00 for students</a>.</p><p>Have a great April, jump in some puddles, and we’ll see you later this month.</p><p>Learn more <a href="https://www.newtownearthday.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.newtownearthday.org/</a></p>

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